International Review of Education

, Volume 62, Issue 6, pp 831–835 | Cite as

MOOCs and open education around the world

Edited by Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi M. Lee, Thomas C. Reeves & Thomas H. Reynolds. Routledge, New York, 2015, 356 pp. ISBN 978-1-138-80740-2 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-138-80741-9 (pbk), 978-1-315-75110-3 (e-book)
  • Michael McVey
Book Review

As a professor of educational technology with a scholarly focus on online learning, I watched with interest as the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) took on the education establishment in a potentially disruptive manner. From the perspective of the teacher, having 30,000 or more students in a single course site has added a new challenge to online course design and delivery. From the perspective of the student, the thought of taking a course taught by a world-renowned scholar from a prestigious university held allure. To learn about MOOCs, I have taken many of them to observe how a single instructor could provide a sense of place, scholarly interaction, or even simple formative assessments in a site crowded with hundreds or thousands of others.

This broad collection of essays examines the rise of the MOOC from a variety of perspectives and challenges and shares some insights into their evolution. The essays also explain how the attractiveness of this mode of online education became...

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA

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